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Food Service Manager Interview Questions

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As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?

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Food Service Manager Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?

  2. 2.

    Do you think a chain of command is essential in the workplace?

  3. 3.

    The presence of our Food Service Manager is critical to our teams' success. How many days were you absent from work last year?

  4. 4.

    Talk to me about your favorite manager. What made them so memorable?

  5. 5.

    If hired as our Food Service Manager, how will you show your team the importance of clear communication on the job?

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    What qualities and characteristics should a Food Service Manager have?

  7. 7.

    How many people did you manage in your last position?

  8. 8.

    As a manager, how do you evaluate the performance of your staff members?

  9. 9.

    What do you know about food costs and other related KPI's?

  10. 10.

    Have you ever had to fire an employee? What were the reasons for their termination?

  11. 11.

    Have you ever had to work within liquor regulations? Walk me through your experience working in a licensed environment.

  12. 12.

    How would our business be a more productive place if we were to hire you as our Food Service Manager?

  13. 13.

    What personality traits do you look for in people you are hiring?

  14. 14.

    How will you handle an employee who is not meeting their goals?

  15. 15.

    Walk me through your experience in the food service industry.

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    The food service industry sees a lot of employee turnover. How do you plan to handle a disengaged or upset employee?

  17. 17.

    If you needed to hire a new food service representative in less than one week, what would be your strategy?

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    What is your experience in planning, ordering, and record keeping when it comes to staff and inventory?

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    Where did you find this position, and what prompted you to apply?

  20. 20.

    Tell me about your formal customer service training.

  21. 21.

    Have you ever broken company rules to make a customer happy?

  22. 22.

    How do you feel about saying 'no' to a customer with unreasonable requests?

  23. 23.

    Rate your listening skills from 1-10. What would your coworkers say about your listening skills?

  24. 24.

    Why do you want to be a Food Service Manager, and why do you feel ready for a role in management?

  25. 25.

    What do you like most about working in the food and beverage industry? What do you enjoy the least?

  26. 26.

    Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks to your team members.

  27. 27.

    How do you promote a culture of food safety with your team?

  28. 28.

    What do you think is the difference between a leader and a manager?

  29. 29.

    How much do you think a food-service management role should pay?

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    What do you expect to be the most challenging aspect of this Food Service Manager position?